Officials: 4 Dog Mountain rescues in 2 weeks

SCEMS wants to remind people that the trail is difficult, if not dangerous

A rescue effort along the Dog Mountain Trail, May 10, 2015. (SCEMS)
A rescue effort along the Dog Mountain Trail, May 10, 2015. (SCEMS)

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (KOIN) — Rescue crews said they have been called up several times this month to rescue hikers on the Dog Mountain Trail, officials told KOIN 6 News.

It’s only the second week of May, and Skamania County Emergency Medical Services have responded to four calls from the Dog Mountain Trail.

On May 2, crews were sent to rescue an injured hiker 3.5 miles up the trail. The woman was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury.

A week later, on May 9, crews were sent to help a hiker who experienced a medical emergency one mile up from the trailhead. After receiving medical attention, the man was able to finish the remainder of the hike.

On Sunday, crews were again called to Dog Mountain to help an injured hiker at the top of the trail. However, they were interrupted when a car crash occurred nearby, and they were sent to assist five people who received minor injuries. After the accident was cleared, the crew headed back up the trail to help the hiker. The woman, who was about 3.5 miles up the trail, had to be taken by helicopter to the hospital for an ankle injury.

Due to its spring flowers, Dog Mountain is a popular destination this time of year. SCEMS wants to remind people that the trail is difficult, if not dangerous, and should only be trekked by experienced, prepared hikers.

There have been four rescues on the Dog Mountain Trail so far this month, May 10, 2015. (SCEMS)
There have been four rescues on the Dog Mountain Trail so far this month, May 10, 2015. (SCEMS)

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